MATWIJ (Martin) Peleszko, of Burley Crescent, Oakham, died at Abbey Court Nursing Home, Bourne, aged 91.
Born on the outskirts of Kiev in the Ukraine, Martin came to the UK during the Second World War and in 1951 married Joan; they had two daughters.
Martin had always worked on the land and following several jobs in and around Stamford he finally went to work at Stocken Hall Farm, Stretton, where he remained until his retirement in 1985.
He was awarded the Imperial Service Medal for outstanding service to the Queen in 1985.
In his latter years he was blighted with worsening vision and deafness, however he was still able to focus on DIY projects and look after his precious garden.
The funeral service took place at Marholm Crematorium, the Rev Neville Ashton officiating.
Family mourners included: Joan, Helen and Michael Skuse, Heather and Malcolm Newton, Sarah and Mark Jackson, Anna Skuse, Jean and Alan Dawson, Graham Dawson, Trevor Dawson, Martin and Val Dawson, Peter and Jo Dawson, Paul Dawson, Marjorie and Brian Freeman, Chris Freeman (Mhairi, Spencer, Susan and Steven), Brian Branson (Violet Branson), David and Sheila Truscott, Jayne Wheeler (Lesley and Kimberley Branson and families), Bev Miller (Dave Miller), Michael Smith (Julie, Ian and Kriston).
Sympathisers included: Ron and Marjorie Skuse, Trish and Barry Clithero (family), Jean Burfoot, Jean and Barry Howl, Carol Bottomley, Dee Lockner, Vicci Self, Richard Walker, Jim Lindsay, Richard and Heather Day (Toby and Jethro), Janice and Jo Phillips, Nick and Deb Crossfield (Dean, Emma and Samantha), Debbie Crossfield (staff Rutland Care Village and Sarah Sharpe, Social Services Rutland), Barbara Rafferty, Margaret Ashton, Jo Howard, Harriet Howard, Vince Howard, Gemma and Helen Rogerson.